Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil are looking to rejoin the ATP Player Council after their newly-formed breakaway group Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) failed to get momentum.
That’s a bizarre twist in the 2020 tennis season which saw the number of tournaments played reduced and player prize money slashed across the board. With fans not allowed at the stadiums in most countries, tournaments have been struggling financially.
Djokovic and Pospisil left the ATP Player Council to start PTPA. Though the PTPA sounded like a great idea when it was announced and had good support from players, it wasn’t clear how the new group would achieve its objectives. Djokovic and Pospisil never laid out their plans. They just said the new group will work to represent players’ interests better.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray opposed the new group. They felt that having another player association will be distracting at a time when players need to be united to fight for their interests.
ATP Player Council has 12 members. Members include four members from within the top 50 singles rankings, two players ranked between 51 and 100 in singles, two top 100 doubles players, two at-large members, one alumni member, and one coach.
Kevin Anderson currently serves as President of the Council. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and John Millman also serve as members.
The new player council starts on January 1, 2021, and votes must be cast by end of December.